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Category: Arts and Crafts

Apartment 5 Babworth House

Apartment Five, Babworth House
Expressions of Interest

Apartment No. 5 in Darling Point’s historic Babworth House was listed earlier this week. Babworth House dates back to 1915 and was the home of Sir Samuel Hordern. After Sir Samuel’s death in 1956, the house was used as a hospital and nurse accommodation until the late 1990s.

Developers purchased the home in 2000 for just $5.25 million. It was in a sad state at the time, but was renovated and converted into five luxurious apartments.  Read the rest of this entry »


One of Centennial Park’s original homes on the market

$5.5 million-plus

Tongkah is a Federation Queen Anne / Arts and Crafts style home built in 1910 for Mr. and Mrs. Claud Benalla Quinan. Mr. Quinan was a well-known racing identify and stock broker, and member of the Sydney Stock Exchange for 38 years. He lived in the house until his passing in 1946 at the age of 70. Quinan’s daughter Patricia married Mr. James Bancks, creater of the popular ‘Ginger Meggs’ comic strip in 1938.

It is listed on the NSW Government Environment & Heritage site as ‘Fongkah’ (which appears to be a typo) and is described as an example of the Federation Queen Anne style with American Stick & Shingle style influence. The house, along with many other prominent homes in the area was said to have historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park Lands subdivision of 1905, as funds was from the sale went towards the landscaping of the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Slight price reduction on Fairhaven

Fairhaven, Kirribilli

‘Fairhaven’ was built in 1905 for banker Hugh Massie. The architect was James Peddle. It was later purchased by Mr. Walket Thomas Way and his wife Hettie in 1915 for £3,700 (approximately $335,000 in today’s terms).

The house is listed on the Register of the National Estate and is described in the Australian Heritage Database as a ‘substantial turn of the century North Shore residence’ demonstrating characteristics of early federation style architecture influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. Read the rest of this entry »

Brent-Knowle on the market for first time in half a century

Brent-Knowle, Neutral Bay
Expressions of Interest

‘Brent-Knowle’ was built in 1914 for financier Major Joseph Henry Booker at a cost of 10,000 pounds (approximately $1 million in today’s terms). The house was designed by architect Bertrand James Waterhouse, and is considered one of his most important early works. Waterhouse designed a number of houses in Shellcove Road, which was one of Neutral Bay’s most select residential addresses.

“Waterhouse could be described as the Sydney equivalent of English architect C.F.A. Voysey, whose Arts and Crafts houses in England were widely admired in the early twentieth century. A typical Waterhouse residence featured asymmetrical, picturesque massing, strongly expressed roofs, usually with dominant gables; porches, balconies and verandahs; and at least one facetted oriel or bay external wall finish, together with areas of timber shingling or tile-hanging. Inside, the main rooms displayed timber wainscoting on the walls and heavy timber beams below the ceilings.” – NSW Government Environment and Heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

Babworth House apartment languishing on market

Apartment Three, Babworth House
1 Mt Adelaide Street, Darling Point, Sydney
Price Upon Application

Babworth House was built between 1912 and 1915 for Sir Samuel Hordern, a fourth generation member of the family that founded the Anthony Hordern stores. Sir Samuel was a well-known and influential member of Sydney society.

The grand 2-storey home was built in the Federation Arts and Crafts style and designed by architectural firm Morrow and De Putron. The walls were originally finished in unpainted cement render with Art Nouveau decorations around openings and chimneys. The living areas were paneled in English oak and Queensland maple. Plaster ceiling panels were decorated with Art Nouveau motifs. The home originally had a total of 40 rooms including a grand ballroom, billiard room and 24 bedrooms. The total cost of the project was 30,000 to 40,000 pounds (about $3.2 ~ 4.3 million in today’s terms). Read the rest of this entry »